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How Can Jigsaw Puzzles Enhance Your Kids Life Skills?

Updated on May 7, 2009

For All Those Trying To Teach their Kids Many Skills While Playing

Jigsaw puzzles are considered the best of all learning toys for years and the favorite for many children. Parents know the value and importance of puzzles as they help them to learn their children the basic skills. When the child try to put each part of the puzzle into its proper space as it has unique combination of form and shape, his skills of coordination are improved.

Puzzles has many benefits like enhancing the cognitive development of the child e.g making a decision, memory and problem solving. Another great thing that puzzles encourage is social skills as it learn the child social interaction when sharing his puzzles with others. The value of the jigsaw puzzles is not limited to this as not only it help improving the main teaching skills, but also teach the child how to be patient and persistent and other great life skills. The way the child finishes a jigsaw puzzle with will be as an example to how he can relate or will to real life as he mature.

Patience is one of the best things that puzzles teach. Patience "the ability to stay calm and not get angry when you have to wait for along time or deal with a difficult situation". The child cannot afford the waiting concept.

What puzzle do here is to show the child how to be patient and why it is important to be patient as every single piece of the puzzle is designed to fit to only one place, it can be easy or may the child will do some errors and try again and again to complete the whole picture.

As the child try again and again to fit each piece to its place until he get what he wants, his patience will be exercised and realize that he got his reward at the end. In the child's world he think that he can get what he wants immediately, he wants instant satisfaction, which is not found in real life (just like the puzzle). The child has to do some work to finally get what he wants.

Teach Your Kids To Achieve Their Goal As If They Are Adults:

In the adults world we realize that we have to work toward our goal, we do hard work, spend some time and persist to achieve it. Once we achieved our goal we become satisfied of what we have done which is considered a reward on its own. Life is like a puzzle, things does not look normal if all the facts ( or pieces in case of the puzzle) are not available, teach that to your child.

Each piece has a role in achieving our goal and we cannot jump directly to what we need, we need all pieces to complete the whole picture. That is what your child should learn from his puzzle, he should understand that having all facts (pieces) put together, organized and sorted out is a must to get the whole picture that he loves.

Draw a smile on your kid's face while teaching him

Draw a smile on your kid's face while teaching him
Draw a smile on your kid's face while teaching him

They Will Persist Trying To put Each Piece In Its Right Position:

Persistence is another main life skill that your child should learn from his puzzles. Persistence means that whatever obstacles, difficulties or problems facing you, stay doing whatever you do steadily. Children find it difficult to make further progress when they are faced with problems. These problems can hampers a self-esteem of the child and the value which they should give to the life itself.

When children try to complete the puzzle with some adult encouragement he will realize that the problems facing him don't have to have a negative effect on a mission or the life itself. Children learn how to persist to achieve small goals one after one until they complete the entire picture and get their reward.

With the help of a puzzle teach your kid to try to fail then try again until he understand how to put each piece on its proper space then he will learn how this piece relates to its position according to its shape and color. Teach your child why this piece can only placed in one position and how it can be part of the entire picture using problem solving skills and logical thinking.

Keep encouraging your child's persistence, tell him to keep trying to complete the picture that he loves, tell him that you like the that he is trying to find the right piece. Try to teach him that almost every thing in life can be done by persistence. Your child will learn that solving his problem (completing the puzzle) can be achieved by making the right choice and persisting to find it.

Puzzles teach children the importance of interacting with other people as they realize that the picture will not be clear if there is one piece missed, they must put all the pieces together to complete the picture.

They enhance a sense of self worth in life as only one person (or a single piece of the puzzle) has a self-concept, but connecting or making relationships with other pieces the whole picture is completed. Each one is unique in his own way.

By ourselves we can have significant impact but through collaborated efforts life can take on a fuller meaning. What do you do with one piece of the puzzle? What value or worth does it have? Help your child understand some things don't make sense on their own but in combination with other pieces a new concept can be realized. Puzzles can stretch the imagination of your children.

Jigsaw puzzles are very good teaching toy when worked independently, but can have greater value when guided by a "teacher" who teaches how each piece of the puzzle relates to another piece, by its color, size and shape.

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      KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

      Great lens, ive been thinking about getting puzzles for my son, Thank you.

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      kpcwriting2 6 years ago

      Yes, jigsaw puzzles can definitely enhance your kids life skills.